This Herb Roasted Chicken Pieces with roasted vegetables is a simple yet flavorful easy dinner recipe, Chicken roasted with Italian spices is moist and delicious, perfect for family or company.
I think it is that great combination of herbs and the basting that makes this Herb Roasted Chicken so delicious. And 5 or 10 minutes under the broiler get this chicken nice and crispy on the outside and still moist on the inside.
- Chicken – for this recipe you can use skin or no skin chicken, thighs, drumsticks or breast, bone-in or boneless
- Olive oil – extra virgin olive oil
- Rosemary – fresh rosemary sprigs chopped
- Thyme – thyme sprigs chopped
- Sage – sage leaves
- Oregano – ground oregano or fresh if you wish you can substitute with marjoram, it is not as strong and has a sweeter flavor
- Pepper – a dash or two of white or black pepper.
- Potatoes – medium or large potatoes, the amount depends on the size of your roasting pan and how many you wish
- Carrots – 2-3 medium carrots chopped
- Garlic – 1 -2 cloves of garlic
What are the best potatoes for baking?
To have the best baked potatoes you are going to want a medium or high starch potato, which includes the Russet, Yukon Gold and Red Potatoes.
Should you rinse the chicken before cooking?
Salmonella, Campylobacter and other harmful bacteria live on raw chicken. Washing or rinsing the chicken will not remove any harmful live bacteria such as salmonella or campylobacter from it.
In fact it can worsen it by helping the bacteria to spread throughout your kitchen. Whereas cooking the chicken thoroughly will eliminate any bacteria.
How to make Herb Roasted Chicken
In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, chopped rosemary and thyme, sage, oregano, salt and minced garlic, remove 2-3 teaspoons for the potatoes and carrots.
Toss the potatoes and carrots with the 2-3 teaspoons of herb mixture.
Place them in a parchment paper lined baking pan or shallow roasting pan (I drizzled with a little extra olive oil, oregano and salt). Bake in the pre-heated oven until tender.
To make the chicken – cover the chicken pieces really well with the small bowl of herb mixture, top and bottom, place in a second non stick baking dish, single layer.
Bake until the meat is no longer pink and internal temperature reaches 165F (74C) . Baste meat with the drippings 3-4 times during baking.
Turn on the broiler and broil for approximately 2-3 minutes until browned. Serve immediately with the roasted vegetables.
How do you keep chicken moist in the oven?
Cooking chicken at a lower temperature for a longer period of time can keep it from drying out. It is also important to use a baster and continue to baste 3-4 times throughout cooking to ensure the moisture is maintained.
What are other good veggies to roast?
Besides potatoes and carrots, other veggies that are great for roasting include: brussels sprouts, mushrooms, peppers, squash, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, and tomatoes. Some vegetables take longer to cook than others, so adjust your cooking times accordingly.
If you want to roast more veggies, you can use a large sheet pan and spread them out. For crisper veggies, you can raise the temperature to 400 to 425 degrees and cook to your desired crispness.
Try to keep vegetables around the same size to ensure that they cook evenly and at the same time.
Vegetables are typically left uncovered when roasting in the oven.This allows them to cook properly by allowing them to crisp. If they were covered with foil, the vegetables would be steamed.
Yes, the potatoes and carrots should be coated in the herb mixture, which contains olive oil, before baking in the oven.
Use enough olive oil and spread the veggies out so they are not on top of each other.
Small chicken breast pieces should be baked at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, until no pink remains, using a meat instant read thermometer the internal temperature should be 165°F (According to the USDA).
How to store leftovers
The leftover Roasted Chicken should be placed in an airtight container and refrigerated. It will keep for up to three to four days in the fridge.
I hope you enjoy this easy Italian Herb Roasted Chicken with Vegetables as much as we do. Let me know if you try it. Buon Appetito!
More Delicious Chicken Recipes
- Italian Chicken Boscaiola
- Italian Pan Fried Chicken
- Easy Skillet Chicken Cacciatore
- Easy Flavorful Italian Chicken
Italian Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes
- 4-5 pieces chicken (I used boneless breast pieces)
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
- 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary (remove leaves and chop)
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme (remove leaves and chop)
- ½ teaspoon sage
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt + extra
- 1-2 dashes black pepper
- 1-2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 medium potatoes cubed
- 3-4 small-medium carrots
- 2-3 teaspoons olive oil
- Pre-heat oven to 350F (18C)
- In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, chopped rosemary and thyme, sage, oregano, salt, pepper and minced garlic, remove 2-3 teaspoons for the potatoes and carrots.
- Toss the potatoes and carrots with the 2-3 teaspoons of herb mixture , place in parchment paper lined baking dish (first I drizzled it with a little extra olive oil, oregano and salt). Bake in oven 50-60 minutes.
- Cover the chicken pieces really well with the small bowl of herb mixture, top and bottom, place in second non stick lightly oiled baking dish, single layer. Bake for approximately 40 minutes or meat is no longer pink. Baste meat with drippings 3-4 times during baking.
- Turn on broiler and broil for approximately 2-3 minutes until browned. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Updated from October 7, 2015.
I am just curious why you use oregano in many of your meat dishes. Oregano is mostly used for Pizza and meat made “a la Pizzaiola”. We do not use oregano in everything.
Hi Carmela, I don’t where you are in Italy, but Italians use oregano in a lot of things, including meat dishes. 🙂
Jack Smith | BBQRecipez.com says
Lovely. I love this kind of simple yet hearty dish.
Hi Jack, thanks so much, I love hearty dishes. Have a great weekend.
Made it! Everyone loved it. ?
Hi Diana, so glad to hear it. Have a great long weekend.
April @ Girl Gone Gourmet says
Beautiful photos! This is my favorite kind of meal – so cozy and warm on a chilly night 🙂
Thanks April, cozy meals are the best. Have a great weekend.